With Leeds United confirming yesterday that Ezgjan Alioski’s season was now over following the torn meniscus that saw him substituted after only 12 minutes in Easter Monday’s disappointing loss to Brentford, the first thought for most was who would replace him for the remainder of the campaign.
With two matches left in the regular season, barring a massive slip up by Sheffield United when it comes to the automatic promotion slot, we will have a season extension for the Play-Off battles and fans on social media have come up with a not so surprising preferred replacement.
With Gaetano Berardi, Stuart Dallas and Leif Davis the more likely potential replacements for the 27-year-old Macedonian, plenty believe that 19-year-old Jamie Shackleton should be given the extended run in the position to see what he can do – despite it being on the opposite side.
It seems unlikely that this will be how manager Marcelo Bielsa will pivot here, but it’s understandable as to why fans want to see more of Shackleton.
Seen a lot of people mention shackleton and i could'nt agree more!
— Ben (@benjarny93) April 23, 2019
Can we now play Shackleton please ?? https://t.co/EWmoEy6cVk
— Beth (@BGF_lufc) April 23, 2019
Can shack fill in his place
— Stephen Maher ???? (@stevemaher34) April 23, 2019
If we all say it often enough and loud enough he may get a chance.
There's always a chance
— Dumpfor (@Dumpforsp) April 23, 2019
Everyone forgetting Berardi?
Shackleton could easily do a job at LB either, kid could play anywhere
— Páudi Hegarty (@Paudi__Hegarty) April 23, 2019
Time to bring Shackleton into the equation, full of energy and will thrive at the opportunity!
— Brett Catt (@BrettC96) April 23, 2019
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) April 23, 2019
Christ almighty. Get Jamie Shackleton in at left back PLEASE
— LUFC Worldwide (@LUFC_WorldWide) April 23, 2019
Wish we were brave enough to play Shackleton at LB but will be Dallas
— Bite Yer Legs ???? (@biteyourlegs) April 23, 2019